Italy cracks down on illegal waste fires

The Italian government has strengthened penalties for illegally incinerating waste and will map farmland contaminated by illegal waste activities

The Italian government has strengthened penalties for illegally incinerating waste and will map farmland contaminated by these activities in an effort to calm public concerns in the Campania region around Naples.

The region has seen decades of illegal dumping and incineration, prompting scares over food contamination and legal action from the EU. Public concern over the health implications sparked a protest in Naples last month.

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